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Fort Wayne

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Why The Sudden Interest In Mobile Homes in Fort Wayne, Indiana?

There are so many great reasons to buy a mobile home in Fort Wayne these days. Forty Wayne is the 2nd largest city in the state of Indiana, and the center of a metropolitan area of just under 450,000 people. It is full of beautiful, well-maintained public parks, everything costs less than you might expect – especially if you are from the coasts – and the people are truly friendly and welcoming.

In this article, we’ll explore what makes Fort Wayne so special, from its climate and geography to the demographics of its population and the best things to do on a Saturday night. We’ll even explore some of the best neighborhoods in which to look for mobile homes in Fort Wayne, IN.

History

Fort Wayne got its start as a village of the Miami people (who were later forced far south, to inspire the name of that city) at the confluence of the Saint Mary and Saint Joseph Rivers. It was the regional capital of a large body of Algonquian-speaking peoples. The French established an outpost there in 1969, and established Fort Miami there in 1697. It passed to British control in 1760, and was replaced by a fortification built by the US Army in 1794. This was the first use of the name Fort Wayne, named for Anthony Wayne, a general in the Revolutionary War and its commander. The settlement of the area by people of European descent and the displacement of its native population began in 1815. The town of Fort Wayne was incorporated in 1829. It became the City of Fort Wayne in 1840, by which time it had some 2000 citizens and a strong economic connection to the East and the Great Lakes via the Wabash and Erie Canal. The Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railway was completed in 1854, securing the city’s industrial and agricultural future. By 1900, the city already had nearly 50,000 residents. The 1990s saw the city turn away from a focus in industry and towards a more modern, diverse economy.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

While scouting out Fort Wayne, IN mobile homes for sale, why not make a day of it? The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has more than 1,000 animals on display across 40 acres of parkland. The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory showcases tropical, desert and seasonal plants all year round. Lakeside Park and Rose Garden (beside lake Beulah) is lovely, as is the Castle Gallery. Science Central is a great day out with the kids, and Kreager Park is just the spot to blow off some steam. If shopping is more your speed, why not visit Glenbrook Square Mall?

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Location

Fort Wayne is 18 miles west of Ohio and 50 miles south of Michigan, in northeastern Indiana. It is the highest point in a very flat area of glacial sediment just south of Cedar Creek Canyon. Fort Wayne is where the Saint Joseph and Saint Mary Rivers join to form the Maumee, which empties into Lake Eerie. It is a “portage” spot, where cargoes and passengers traveled overland between the Three Rivers System and the Wabash System of waterways. Fort Wayne Neighborhoods Hillsborough, Fort Wayne If you are buying a mobile home in Fort Wayne, consider the neighborhood of Hillsborough, also called ‘Wedgewood Place’. It is nice but still affordable, with median home prices running just above $266,000. This is in the bottom half for price US-wide, but in the top quarter for Indiana. Hillsborough has plenty of medium to large single-family homes, mostly built after 1970 but before 2000. The vacancy rate is high – more than 11% - so you should have no trouble finding a good plot. Hunter’s Point, Fort Wayne This neighborhood, which is also called Waterford, has plenty of Fort Wayne mobile homes as well as medium to large single-family dwellings. The home prices tend to be high for Indiana – around $289,000 – but that still puts it in the bottom 50% of US neighborhoods for price. Most of the homes were built after the turn of the century. The vacancy rate is vanishingly small, though, at 0.5%. If you find a good mobile home for sale in hunter’s point, snap it up quickly, or it will go. Covington Dells If you are looking to buy a mobile home in Fort Wayne, don’t overlook this broad neighborhood encompassing both Covington memorial Gardens and Greenlawn Memorial Park. Homes there are pricey for Fort Wayne at a median cost of $347,000, but not far above the national average. Most of the structures were put up after the 1970s. Beware, though. The vacancy rate is just 1.3%, so you might not have a great deal of choice. Cedar Canyons Cedar canyons is on the northside of Fort Wayne, near the suburb of Huntertown. offers a median home value of more than $369,000 – well over the national average, and in the top 10% for the state of Indiana. Most of the structures are medium and large single-family homes and apartment buildings, so buying a mobile home in this part of Fort Wayne might be tricky. The vacancy rate is near the national average, at 6.8%, at least.

Fort Wayne demographics

Fort Wayne’s population as of the 2020 census was 263,886. That is more than 10,000 higher than the population in the last census, in 2010. Buying a mobile home in Fort Wayne, should be fairly easy with this kind of population movement. You might also look around the city, in the Fort Wayne Metro Area.

Fully 89% of Fort Wayne residents over the age of 25 have high school diplomas, and just over 28% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income was $51,454 in 2020, and the median value of owner-occupied properties in the same period was an almost shockingly low $121,600. As you can see, the cost of living is quite low in Fort Wayne, especially relative to income.

Arts in Fort Wayne

One of the most obvious reasons to buy a mobile home in Fort Wayne is the low cost of moving there, but perhaps a more important reason is the thriving local art and culture scene. No visit to the city would be complete without an evening at the 2,471-seat Embassy Theater, for example. The University of Saint Francis Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center is nearly as large, and a standby of the city’s Cultural District.

Other important institutions include the Arena Dinner Theater (a community nonprofit), the Foellinger Theater, the Grand Wayne Convention Center, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Arts United Center, Auer Center for Arts and Culture, and Hall Community Arts Center.

Schools in Fort Wayne

One of the things helping to make mobile homes in Fort Wayne, IN so popular is the quality of the local schools and colleges. In fact, it was the city’s emphasis on education that really turned its economy around 30 years ago. A few of the best schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana include the Young Early Childhood Center, Weisser Park Elementary School, Wayne High School, Towles Intermediate School, South Side High School, NorthSide High School, Kekionga Middle School and Jefferson Middle School. Colleges and universities in and around Fort Wayne include Indiana University Fort Wayne, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Concordia Theological Seminary, the Indiana Institute of Technology and the University of Saint Francis.

Why Fort Wayne?

There are plenty of affordable mobile homes in Fort Wayne, IN. Property prices seem to be on the rise throughout the Fort Wayne metro area, so its investment prospects are good, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’d be happy there. The real key is whether you and your family like the city.

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